Joint Implementation Accreditation Panel (JI-AP)

The Joint Implementation Accreditation Panel (JI-AP) was established to support the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC) in the accreditation of independent entities and related functions. The JI-AP makes recommendations to the JISC regarding the following matters, set out in the Terms of reference for the establishment of the joint implementation accreditation panel, adopted by the JISC at its second meeting (JISC 2, Annex 4):

In accordance with the detailed procedures to operationalize the accreditation of independent entities, the JI-AP shall make recommendations to the JISC regarding:

  1. The accreditation of an applicant independent entity;
  2. The suspension of accreditation of an accredited independent entity (AIE);
  3. The withdrawal of accreditation of an AIE;
  4. The re-accreditation of an AIE (Terms of reference for the establishment of the joint implementation accreditation panel, Version 1, JISC 2, Annex 4, paragraph 3).

In order to make these recommendations, the JI-AP must carry out the following tasks:

The tasks identified in the paragraph above imply that, inter alia, the following activities are to be carried out by the JI-AP:

  1. Selecting the members of a JI accreditation assessment team (JI-AT) as and when required;
  2. Identifying and defining key areas or issues to be addressed by a JI-AT;
  3. Receiving and considering recommendations by a JI-AT with regard to an application of an applicant independent entity;
  4. Determining whether to recommend to the JISC the suspension of accreditation of an AIE;
  5. Determining the need for witnessing activity(ies) in cases where no suspension was agreed by the JISC;
  6. Determining whether, in the case of re-accreditation, an on-site visit and witnessing of the AIE are required;
  7. Deciding, based on a recommendation by a JI-AT, on the inclusion of an applicant independent entity in the publicly available list of applicant independent entities that meet organizational and operational requirements but which have not yet been assessed against those requirements relating to performing determination activities;
  8. Making recommendations to the JISC on the above issues, as applicable (Terms of reference for the establishment of the joint implementation accreditation panel, Version 1, JISC 2, Annex 4, paragraph 4).

The JI-AP operates under the guidance of the JISC and in accordance with the general requirements for panels and working groups:

The panel shall operate under the guidance of the JISC, in accordance with the general guidelines for panels and working groups under the JISC (Terms of reference for the establishment of the joint implementation accreditation panel, Version 1, JISC 2, Annex 4, paragraph 5).

These General guidelines for panels and working groups under the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee were adopted by the JISC at its second meeting (JISC 2, Annex 3) and are available on the UNFCCC website here.

The JI-AP is a standing panel of the accreditation process and its mandate may be revised or terminated by the JISC if necessary (Terms of reference for the establishment of the joint implementation accreditation panel, Version 1, JISC 2, Annex 4, paragraph 6).

The membership criteria and the rules relating to the size and composition of the panel and the compensation of members are set out in the Terms of reference for the establishment of the joint implementation accreditation panel, which is available on the UNFCCC website here.

Related topics

Accreditation of independent entities

Accredited independent entity

Withdrawal of accreditation

Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee

Joint Implementation Assessment Team